Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Coming or Going?

That's the question of my summer. Am I coming? Or am I going?

Seems like I'm going to be doing a bit of both in these next few weeks, so if things are a bit sporadic around here, you'll understand why. But the good news is that there will be a lot of great Travel Tuesday posts to fill our time after the summer ends.

In the meantime, some thoughts . . .

1. I don't think parents should put guilt trips on their kids for wanting to spend summers away, but still, I'm missing my middle girl. Eight weeks is a long time to be away from your mama home. Thankfully, according to the postcards we've received, she's not missing us too much. I really would hate it if she got there and was homesick.

2. Kohler, WI is a lovely little town. The kind of place I could settle down in if it weren't north of my never-live-any-farther-north-than-I-do-right-now rule. B and I spent a lovely weekend . . . alone . . . in Kohler last weekend. Which brings me to . . .

3. When you set high expectations of your kids, they'll usually meet them. Mine sure did this past weekend. Thank you, girls!

4. I've been thinking about this a lot lately: why don't I set high expectations of God? I totally believe He's all-powerful and can perform miracles, but I don't look for them. I don't see them every day, so I don't expect them. This frustrates me about myself, and I'm seeing this weakness in my faith more and more through different circumstances.

5. I'm in between books right now, and I hate that feeling. It's like there's something missing in my life when I'm not reading a book. I need to start East of Eden (which I've read before and LOVED) for our book club for August, but in the meantime I need something light. Any suggestions?

6. I live in a house full of bathrooms. In fact, we have four full bathrooms--a real plus when you're raising girls. Why, then, if our home is so bathroom-abundant, do I constantly bemoan the fact that I can't use the downstairs bathroom which is being remodeled right now? Ridiculous. Thankfully, it's almost finished and I'll be able to post pictures next week. I'm loving it, but it's turning out more retro than I originally thought it would. Interesting how that works.

So, I'm heading out tomorrow. You'll definitely get a Fabulous Friday Food post on Friday, but probably not much more this week unless I have some profound thoughts in the car. (Which is entirely likely. I get some of my best ideas while I'm in the car.) But I'm trying to keep your expectations low here. Since I'm coming and going this summer, the most you can probably expect is a quick hello every now and then.

From somewhere. You never know where I'll be coming from . . . or going to. . . .



  1. I just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns (same guy that wrote Kite Runner) and LOVED it. Probably more than Kite Runner. It's not necessarily a "light" read, but it's a quick, compelling read.

  2. I pray you sense God's presence in new and fresh ways this summer . . . in your comings and in your goings.

    I enjoy your blog.

  3. Thanks, Glenda! You are so sweet.

    Jodi, I'm thinking that might not be the "light" I am looking for. :)

  4. Expectations- whether they are too low or too high can have a huge affect on life. I am in a season where I am learning to pray without ceasing and relying less on myself (lowering my expectations there) and raising my expectations as far as what God can do. Love your thoughts!

  5. Our daughter is gone this summer, too, for summer school. I know (and am happy) she's doing well, but boy do I miss her!!
    I agree with you, Jodi! Loved both of those books!
    Can't wait to see your new bathroom...I love a remodel:-)

  6. I have a hard time with #4. I know He's capable, but sometimes I just yearn to see Him work. Perhaps I'm not being obedient enough. Hm.

  7. Yes, Beth, I think more prayer is the answer.

    Mitzi, pictures to come next week!

    JoLynne, I know what you mean. . .

  8. Remember that summer long ago when your middle girl went to HR with mine? Remember how homesick yours got? What an enormous change! Mine's only gone for 2 weeks and I miss her. Glad Maggie is having a great time.

  9. Oh my goodness, SOR, I DO remember that summer! We have talked about that a lot as she was preparing for this summer. I'm so glad she loves it there--it's a huge part of her life now.

  10. Shelly-Carol T. is here to help my brother with his new baby. It's been an exciting week! She mentioned your blog and said it was terrific. I have enjoyed all I have read--especially updates on those precious girls. I can't believe your middle is away for eight weeks. When I first met her, she was in a highchair. Also, I don't know if I have told you this...you were foundational in my writing training. I had much to learn still, but I am now writing for a magazine (ghost-writing, but writing all the same). Thought you'd get a kick out of that...and a "thanks" for all you taught me!